KWO Successfully Celebrated the 30th Anniversary on 5th April, 2015

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of KWO Day at Tar Kreh Village, Hpa-An District in Karen State, Burma on Sunday 5th April, 2015. Over 300 people attended and participated in this special event. KWO women leaders from Doo Pla Yar, Doo Tha Htu and Hpa-An districts participated in the event. There were two sections to the overall event. The first part was a celebration and the second part included handing out KWO honorarium certificates to long term full-time staffs who have worked for KWO continually over 10 years. During this event there 10 out of the total 100 women honored were able to make it in person to receive their “Certificate of Honor”. KWO will send out the certificates to KWO district offices for all those women who were unable to attend. They will make sure that all the remaining 90 women will receive their special honor. KWO also successfully launched their new book and report on the eve of the 30th anniversary. The book is called “Karen Traditional Clothes” and the report is the new Karen language version of KWO’s “Walking Amongst Sharp Knives”. Special thanks to all those who participated from the local community, local leaders of Hpa-An District, Karen Youth Organization , Karen Women Empowerment Group and others women leaders who made it to the event.

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About Karen Women Organisation

The Karen Women Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,100 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women's Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. The objectives of the KWO  To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.  To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.  To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.  To develop women's knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organizational skills.  To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.  To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.  To improve the well-being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare services. KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage. We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.